Pearl of Africa confirms 4 new COVID-19 cases, ‘inside Museveni’s’ 12th address

Health Minister Dr Jane Ruth Aceng. Courtesy photo.

Uganda’s novel coronavirus cases has reached 79, according to Ministry of Health.

On Sunday, four new cases were confirmed out of 1,989 samples tested from Uganda Virus Research Institute [UVRI] – Entebbe.

 “Out of these, 1,578 samples were taken from truck drivers, while 411 samples were from the community,” Health Minister, Dr Jane Ruth Aceng says.

She also confirmed that “the new cases are Tanzanians truck drivers who arrived via Mutukula border.”

Government of Uganda has put in strict measures in a bid to defeat the virus. Schools, churches, mosques, malls, lodges and hotels, including bars and cinema halls have since been closed.

Also, public transport, private cars have also been banned, with only boda bodas operating but under strict guidelines.

President Yoweri Museveni who will address the country tomorrow [Tuesday 28, April 2020] at 8pm, recently said the virus “is weaker” and can be “defeated” only if people follow guidelines by not sneezing out in public.

Addressing the nation for the 12th time tomorrow, it’s unclear what the President will say or if, he will add more stringent measures.

Unverified information in circulation claims that Mr Museveni will announce schools reopening except universities. The ‘false’ information also claims that public transport like buses and taxis will resume operations but with half of the passengers aboard.

Currently, Uganda is on partial lockdown and more than half of Ugandans population are staying home.

Whereas people are “free to foot to where they want”, curfew has been introduced, starting each day from 7pm to 6:30am.

Uganda’s second edition of partial lockdown expires on 5 May, 2020.

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